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Exploring the dilemmas of Archaeological Heritage Management


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Degree students (including Dutch BA graduates): BA degree (or equivalent) in Archaeology or a relevant discipline.
SAP and Exchange Students: BA degree. Admission only after formal application.


This is the second phase of the specialisation on archaeological heritage management. In this phase students will be confronted with issues and dilemmas which they may encounter during their professional career as a heritage manager. We will look into themes like valuation and selection, commercial archaeology, public archaeology and tourism, community archaeology, looting and repatriation, etc. These themes will be introduced by lectures, some from (international) experts and practitioners from the field.
The students study in depth a particular theme on which they give a presentation. This presentation is reviewed by a fellow student from the course.

Course objectives

  • In-depth understanding of various aspects of international heritage management (such as protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing the heritage);

  • In-depth understanding of the dilemmas of archaeological resource management in practice;

  • Insight into the diversity of opinions, approaches and stakeholders, and the role of the archaeologist in these;

  • Awareness of the relation of topics (such as protecting, managing, interpreting and experiencing the heritage) to wider debates;

  • Have a critical view into the current debates;

  • Ability to analyse and discuss literature;

  • Ability to voice one’s own well-argumented opinion, through a presentation and discussions;

  • Ability to express one’s own well-argumented opinion in a paper (review).


Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Student presentations.

Assessment method

  • Presentation;

  • Review.
    The presentations and reviews must be finished during the course of block II.

Reading list

  • G. Fairclough, R. Harrison, J.H. Jameson Jnr & J. Schofield (eds), The Heritage Reader. New York: Routledge (2008).

  • Additional articles.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact mw dr M.H. van den Dries.